Geraldo Rivera’s defense of Matt Lauer is getting ravaged by Twitter

In the long-overdue sexual harassment and assault reckoning that is taking place right now, there are really only two ways to respond to allegations that arise as a man.

  1. Condemn the guilty party; or
  2. Shut the fuck up

Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera took a markedly different tack last night after Matt Lauer was ousted at NBC. He not only defended him but dismissed the severity of the allegations by calling news a “flirty” business and claiming courtship is being criminalized.

Now, there are almost too many things wrong with that tweet to truly, properly dissect everything terrible about it, but let’s start here: Maybe don’t try to defend a serial sexual harasser/abuser when you yourself may have a number of skeletons in your own closet.

Twitter was happy to blast Geraldo for his tweet, making clear that news is not a “flirty business.”

And pulling your penis out in front of subordinates is not “flirting.”

And sending a co-worker a sex toy is not “flirting.”

And also his concept of courtship is probably steeped in patriarchal attitude that treats women as sex objects.

And then there’s bit about Matt Lauer installing a lock on his door that he could activate from his desk, basically turning it into a sex dungeon.

And again, the whole Matt Lauer-sex dungeon thing.

But really, the whole Matt Lauer-sex dungeon thing, which is, again, neither “courtship” nor “flirting,” but actually the  definition of “predation.”

Anyway, here’s Geraldo on the cover of Playgirl magazine.

Photo via Amazon (Fair Use)

Just in case you needed more proof that news is not a flirty business.

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